A young man has been arrested for raping a lunatic in Lagos.
A 33-year-old man, Stephen Itodo, has been arrested and charged before an Oshodi Magistrates' Court for raping a mentally deranged woman.
The incident reportedly happened at Alhaji Shehu Close, Oshodi, Lagos, when Itodo sneaked into the room the victim was kept in her father's compound where she was receiving treatment from some traditional healers to cure her madness, and raped her when her family had gone out for the day's business.
It was a neighbour who suspected Itodo's moves as he entered the room, who went to peep and see him on top of the lunatic. The neighbour raised an alarm and before he could escape, he was apprehended.
But in his statement in court, Itodo denied raping the woman, claiming she gave her consent for him to have sex with her.
A relative of the victim narrated to newsmen how the despicable act came to be:
“She could not have put up any resistance because of her state. If he had admitted and begged, we would have considered settling without involving the police. There is even a doctor’s report, which confirmed that there was penetration.”
When the charges were read to Itodo, he pleaded not guilty to the act of rape and was granted bail in the sum of N50,000 bail by Magistrate Akeem Fashola while he is to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison custody, until he meets the bail conditions.